A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
James Bond 007 is on the search for a Russian decoding machine, known as Lektor. Bond needs to find this machine, before the evil SPECTRE organization discovers it first. Whilst being romantically linked with Russian girl, Tatiana Romanova, Bond sneaks his way around Istanbul, whilst each SPECTRE agent tries to pick him off, including the over powering Donald 'Red' Grant and ex-KGB agent Rosa Klebb who knows all the tricks in the books and even possesses an incredible poison tipped shoe!Written by
TO THOSE UNLUCKY FEW WHO MISSED "DR. NO"...You are unprepared for the sophisticated mayhem and the polished lovemaking. The James Bond bug has not bitten you. But take heart! There is still time to jump on the Bond bandwagon with the second James Bond adventure...FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. See it and we guarantee - you will be hooked for good! [UK press ad] See more »
Johanna Harwood stated in an interview in a Cinema Retro that she had been a screenwriter of several of Harry Saltzman's projects, and her screenplay had followed Fleming's novel closely, but she left the franchise, due to what she called Terence Young's constant rewriting of her screenplay, with ideas that were not in the original novel. See more »
In the boat chase scene Tatiana's hair is never blown or distracted in any ways with the front wind despite their boat was moving fast. See more »
[after Grant kills a look-a-like Bond]
Exactly one minute, fifty-two seconds. That's excellent.
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Martine Beswick is mis-credited as "Martin Beswick" in opening credits. See more »
The original cinema release was cut by the BBFC to receive an "A" rating:
Uses of the words "lovers" and "physical enjoyment" were cut.
The gypsy dance was edited, including a shot of her bending backwards.
The subsequent fight was reduced.
A shot of Tatiana walking to the bed nude was cut. (This was later reinstated in video releases)
Bonds reference to searching Tatiana was cut, and the kissing is reduced.
Tatiana's line "I hope I came up to expectations" was cut.
The scene where agents are shown filming Bond and Tatiana in the bed was shortened and darkened.
"Was I" in the line "Was I as exciting as all those Western girls?" was changed to "Am I".
Bond's line "two hours should straighten this out" as he lowers the blind on the Orient Express was removed.
In the train compartment, Grant's line "What a performance!" when referring to the reel of film was cut.
The Bond-Grant fight was reduced.
When Bond shoots Klebb, her expressions of pain were reduced and the latter part of her moaning was muted.
Bond's repeat of the line "What a performance!" on the boat was cut.
Hard to believe, but the movie is actually an improvement on Fleming's novel. Rather than have the Lektor operation be a simple Russian scheme to discredit Bond as Fleming did, SPECTRE takes a hand here in their first on-screen appearance as an organization. The plot is improved considerably because of this. The movie thrives on its supporting actors and Sheybal. Connery is somewhat outshone by these greater lights, but gives a credible performance. From Russia... is a different pace of movie: no one here is intent on wiping out the world's population, or destroying the gold supply, or stealing submarines. Basically, it's a quiet little plot focusing on an elaborate "sting" operation. Until the end, the pace is kind of slow, and might lose more "modern" audiences, particularly those used to incredible stunt sequences every 20 minutes.
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